Our campaign to seek State Government assistance in rectifying school related traffic and parking issues on Scholars Drive has again ramped up with requests made to provide parents with a safe pickup and drop-off area for students.
The current school bus zone outside Chancellor Primary is of interest to parents in terms of creating a potential shared zone in accommodating this space as a kiss and go area.
After becoming aware of these concerns last night, I have immediately written to the Government seeking their assistance in providing their school facility with better outcomes for parents here in Sippy Downs.
Please see the attached letter which outlines concerns raised on behalf of parents.
9 November 2018
Attn: Department of Education and Training
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Pick up and drop off area at Chancellor State College – Primary Campus
I write to request the Department of Education consider ways to improve traffic flow and improve safety at the Chancellor State College Primary Campus in Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs.
I recently provided feedback to the Department of Housing and Public Works in regard to their proposal to expand the school. My feedback suggested options on how to improve road infrastructure around the College due to the lack of parking and extreme traffic congestion faced by the school community, particularly over the last few years.
I am highly concerned about any expansion of the College which does not address the already insufficient road infrastructure to cater for such a high traffic generator all within a cul-de-sac. I am aware of parents/care givers queuing for up to 40 minutes in Scholars Drive in the afternoon school traffic.
In early 2017, parents of the school initially requested that I seek to have a pick up and drop off facility installed on Scholars Drive to help ease the traffic congestion. I arranged for Council’s Traffic Engagement Officer to meet with the School Principal to discuss the idea. At the time the Principal indicated that he was supportive of council’s suggestion to convert two of the three bus bays into a pick up and drop off facility as only 50 students were using the bus transport. With due consideration of buses, we thought the pick-up/drop of zone may work with signage indicating that it would only be operational during certain times of the morning and afternoon on school days.
Council officer’s approached the TransLink Division of the Department of Transport and Main Roads and were referred to the Operations Manager of BusLink. BusLink advised that they were not in favour of the removal of any bus bays due to the need to ensure these bays were available for the buses that arrive in the afternoon – two at 3.10pm and three that arrive at 3.52pm. These buses meet and transfer students to other buses for their final destination.
From the information provided to my office, I am told it is not possible to use the bus bays, my personal belief is that the government should try and accommodate the needs of parents in respect to picking up and dropping off their children and I would encourage you to urgently revisit a possible location for the installation of a pickup and drop off facility at Chancellor State College (Primary), particularly as part of the proposed development work as the safety of students is paramount.
Cr Christian Dickson
The Queensland Government has plans to increase student numbers at Chancellor State College and its vital that they take accountability and deliver upgrades to improve traffic and parking on Scholars Drive.
Please see a copy of the letter I sent the Government this morning regarding my thought’s which include solutions and a cash offer to assist In fixing these school related issues.
Dear Ms Rowe
I write to you in my capacity as the Division 6 councillor on the Sunshine Coast Council regarding the planned expansion of the Chancellor State College and its facilities which are located at Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs.
As you may be aware, there is a long history associated with the development of the Chancellor Park estate in which the school is located. The original estate was a court ordered approval and therefore our community lacks a range of sporting fields, parks, road, pedestrian and other infrastructure related items. As time progresses it is council who continually invests ratepayer dollars into upgrading such issues to ultimately provide local residents with a much more enjoyable place to call home.
Flowing on from previous errors of the past that date back some 15-20 years, the Chancellor Primary Campus was built and approved by the State Government on a cul-de-sac. As the years have passed the school has been caught short with a lack of parking for parents whilst also forcing parents to sit in traffic gridlock for periods of up to 40 minutes in some instances. Ultimately the school has continued to grow without any infrastructure upgrades by the Government in respect to traffic and parking. Outside of school hours the traffic and parking situation is one of no concern to locals and the precinct functions appropriately as it should.
Over the years there has been a key message from the Government and that rings true for all state schools throughout Queensland; the message is that school traffic and parking matters (although caused by the State Government) is the responsibility of the local councils. I find this extremely difficult to accept and yet time and time again councils are forced to spend what limited funds we have in solving State Government issues on their behalf. To this end, the Sunshine Coast Council has spent many hundreds of thousands of dollars in reconfiguring parking and centre medium treatments on Scholars Drive over the years. Council is also tasked with delivering crossing upgrades, footpaths and regulating timed parking to assist the school directly in its operations.
I would like to make the point very clear that I do not support the continuous population growth and facility expansion at the Chancellor State College without a strong degree of attention being paid by the Government in coming to the table and providing infrastructure upgrades to cater for their parent, teacher and student body.
To this end, I wish to identify what I believe to be some solutions to the current problems which have been created by the Government:
- The delivery of a single lane exit road from Scholars Drive into Columbia Street for the strict use of parents during the hours of 8am-9am and 3pm-4pm Monday to Friday. It is possible to construct a link here which will provide a limited secondary access road to vent traffic gridlock from Scholars Drive.
- The upgrade of the roundabout on the corner of Scholars Drive and University Way to assist in providing equitable traffic distribution in peak periods whilst also making it safer for people to cross the road by way of utilising traffic crossing signals. This may also remove the need for crossing personnel to be at this location.
- Deliver additional schools to take pressure off the Chancellor State College precinct. A new State school at Palmview to the south of Sippy Downs should be a high priority and should be delivered as soon as possible.
Whilst I may have identified the concerns and solutions above, I would like to make the following public offer on record to the Government.
As you may know, Brent Mickelberg the State MP for Buderim and I have recently released a media statement regarding traffic and parking issues at Scholars Drive which are inherently a result of the School and its growth pressures. As Brent and I are working closely on local issues, we have agreed that the above situation is of the highest priority from a local resident perspective and a high priority for us both as elected representatives of the people. To this end, I have made a $200,000 cash announcement to assist the Government in fixing the issues that have plagued Scholars Drive over the years.
I genuinely ask that you work with Brent and myself to utilise these funds in bolstering the Government’s commitment in fixing the above outlined issues within the school precinct as part of your future expansion endeavours.
I look forward to your reply and feedback in due course.
Cr Christian Dickson
Sunshine Coast Council
The first Sippy Downs ride was cancelled due to the weather with a second opportunity now available from 8 am to 10 am on Sunday 11 November, departing from Windmill Park, Oxford Close, Sippy Downs with a lovely ride scheduled along the lake, and thence into Brightwater estate.
The rides are free to participants, and bikes and helmets are supplied. SCEC Reps will commence with a technical and safety briefing and finish with a friendly morning tea.
SDDCA AGM – Community Meeting
Chancellor State College Primary Campus Hall, Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs
Presentations for the evening will include updates on both Sippy Downs Community Facilities Proposals and progress, Sippy Downs Community Club Proposal, Sippy Downs Drive Upgrades, Sippy Downs Parks Master Plan Results in addition to updates for Division 6 and Buderim electorates from Cr Christian Dickson and Brent Mickelberg MP.
SDDCA President Matthew Druce said “We cannot urge the community strongly enough to get along to this community meeting and SDDCA AGM to get a true and accurate snapshot of exactly what is happening locally, especially the two presentations on proposed community facilities for Sippy Downs.
Establishment of much needed community facilities for Sippy Downs is welcome news. We are calling on residents to come along and be involved in the progression of these facilities.
Open to each and every member of the community from visitors to residents and business representatives, this evening always presents a fantastic opportunity for locals to stay up to date with what has, is and will be happening locally.
The Sippy Downs Districts Community Association has been supporting and representing the best interests of locals in the Sippy Downs, Tanawha and Palmview area for over 13 plus years with the support of members and the community.
This is a FREE event!
After more than two years of planning, Nambour RSL Club has lodged a development application to build a new Community Club in the heart of the thriving Sippy Downs area.
The Club has been successfully operating in Nambour for over fifty years and has won many awards for its community giving, services, facilities and industry leadership by staff.
General Manager, Suzanne Long, says the club has achieved many milestones and is looking to invest in another growth area of the Sunshine Coast by building a new, not for profit community club to offer high-quality facilities, dining, entertainment and family gathering options.
“Our Board and team is very proud of the well-recognised club we have provided for Nambour and we’d like to offer our experience in community club management to support the growing community at Sippy Downs, which has many new commercial and residential offerings but very limited hospitality or club options for local families, students and people who live and work locally,” Ms Long said.
“Our community consultation so far indicates that local people would welcome a new community club that’s focused on sports, education, arts and entertainment and can generate long-term economic, environmental and social benefits to the community through an iconic club and venue,” she said.
“The club’s completion will be a staged development in keeping with Council’s codes and the local area plan and it will include a Community club that caters for the needs of members and guests providing facilities such as café, restaurants, bar, car parking and accommodation.”
To date, the Nambour RSL Club has given back over $3.1 million to the Sunshine Coast community, for commemorative services, schools, charities and community organisations, through its annual giving and sponsorship programs.
Council is considering the development application and an outcome is expected to be advised in late 2018.
Suzanne Long, General Manager